Regarding domain name security, domain name passwords, domain name data


The security of your domain name data is no different from other sensitive business information and any breach of security can leave your business vulnerable to external threats and potential loss of confidential information.


auDA, its accredited registrars and you all have an important role in keeping this information safe.

  • Your Domain Name Password. Each domain name in the registry database is password-protected. Anyone who has access to your domain name password may be able to use it to access to your domain name, including your website and emails. For advice on how to set and protect your domain name password, refer to the Australian Government’s "Stay Smart Online" website.
  • Your Domain Name Registration Details. If you do not maintain accurate and up-to-date domain name registration details, including contact details, you may risk losing your domain name. You can check your domain name registration details at anytime, by doing a WHOIS search on your domain name at If you need to make any changes to the information, contact your registrar of record (displayed on WHOIS).
  • Your Domain Name Expiry Date. All .au domain names can be registered for a 1-5 year licence period, meaning that you must keep track of your domain name registration and ensure the registrant email address is up-to-date. You should keep a record of your domain name expiry date and make sure to renew it when the time comes. If you fail to renew your domain name, it will become available for registration on a first come, first served basis and you do not have any automatic rights to get it back. To find out your domain name expiry date, contact your registrar of record (displayed on WHOIS).


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